January 18

 

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31

 

O how little do we aim at the glory of God and regard it in our prayers!  We should seek it not only above the profits and pleasures of this life, but even above life itself.  But alas, since the fall, we are corrupt and wholly poisoned with self-love, that we prefer every base interest and trifle before God.  Some are more affected with their own honour, and their own loss and reproach, than with God’s dishonor or God’s glory.  If their own reputation is hazarded a little, O, how it stings them to the heart.  But if someone is faulty towards God, they can pass it over without trouble.  A word of disgrace, a little contempt cast upon our persons fills us with rage; but we can hear God’s name dishonoured, and not be moved about it.  When they pray for outward blessings, it is for their lusts, and not for God.  It is but to feel their pomp and excess.  If they beg quickening and enlargement, it is for their own honour, that their lusts may be fed by the contributions of haven; so, by a wicked design, they would even make God to serve the devil.  The best of us, when we come to pray, what a deep sense we have of our own needs, and no desire of the glory of God.  How necessary it is that the Lord should have his glory.  The world serves no other purpose; it was made and continues for God’s glory (Ro. 11:36). God did not make us for ourselves, but for his own glory.

O that poor worms should come and put the crown upon God’s head!  How forward have we been to dishonor God in thought, word, and deed, before the Lord wrought upon us!  Now that the Lord has put grace in our hearts, we are a people created for his glory – ‘Everyone who is called by my name, and whom I have created for my glory’ (Isa. 43:7).

Biblical Theology

 

Lovers of theology, and particularly of the Puritans, will welcome this English translation of John Owen’s Latin writings. The major portion of this volume is a history of theology from Adam to Christ. Owen characterizes evangelical theology as a gift of the Holy Spirit generating faith in Christ, holiness through Christ, and worship of Christ.

Appendixed to this important work is Owen’s Defense of Scripture against Modern Fanaticism, which is a defense of the authority and proper interpretation of the Bible against the subjectivism of his day.

“Published in Latin in 1661 as a contribution to international Reformed scholarship, this treatise draws on a very wide range of learning. The final part, in particular, where Owen characterizes evangelical theology as a gift of the Holy Spirit generating faith in Christ, holiness through Christ, and worship of Christ, is pure gold. To have it now – at last! – in English is a great boon. Those with a taste for Owen, or for theology, or (best of all) for both, will read this Puritan proto-Biblical Theology with joy.”

– J.I. Packer

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